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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Tom Robbins


Siddhartha
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Category: Fiction - Literary; Religion - Spirituality
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: July 2006
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64336-4 (0-679-64336-2)
Pages: 160
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, eBook, paperback, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.



 
Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for meaning.

It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. On his journey, Siddhartha encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life’s vital passages–love, work, friendship, and fatherhood–Siddhartha discovers that true knowledge is guided from within.

Susan Bernofsky’s magnificent new translation brings out Hesse’s inspired lyricism and his elegant, melodious cadences, illuminating the novel’s universal themes and timeless wisdom about the human condition.

This original Modern Library edition includes a lively new Introduction by Tom Robbins and a glossary of Indian terms.

Check out Susan Bernofsky's Siddhartha myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/siddhartha_hesse



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Susan Bernofsky is the recipient of the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Outstanding Translation for her translation of Jenny Erpenbeck's The Old Child & Other Stories (New Directions). The prize was established in 1996 and is awarded annually for an outstanding translation from German into English published in the United States during the previous year.

Check out Susan Bernofsky's Siddhartha myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/siddhartha_hesse





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